Weekly Wine Wednesdays 8/30/17
This Wednesday, I will be playing a little bit of catch up since I did not have a chance to round up reviews for last Wednesday. The reason? Serious puppy prepping going on in our household! This past Monday my boyfriend and I brought home the sweetest, steeliest blue Great Dane male puppy. We’ve decided to name him Augustus – but we call him Gus for short. I was able to take some time off from work for a little “pawternity” leave this week, and he has been quite the handful – but then again, what puppy isn’t? At eight weeks old he is already so big and klutzy, but he is also gentle, loving and a quite attached to his new mommy! I am so excited to see him grow, and can’t wait to show you all our journey together. Now that we have such a large dog to raise, copious amounts of alcohol will be drunk to help deal with messes, training and growing pains. Plenty of Weekly Wine Wednesdays to come!
North Bank Merlot
Bought this on sale as a BOGO offer, so total price paid was $5. Aromas of balsamic, barbecue, coffee and bright red berries. Savory flavors on the opening, favoring coffee, cocoa, and barbecue. Fruity flavors towards the finish with raspberries, mulberries and tart cranberries. Slightly syrupy, reduced balsamic vinegar mouthfeel that show it is on the high end regarding acidity. Tannins could be smoother, but for $5, you can’t complain. Paired with sticky BBQ spareribs.
Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina $11.99
My boyfriend picked out this Malbec, a nice choice on his part for pairing with a variety of meats and cheeses. We served it with goat cheese, burrata, fontina and parmesan cheeses; and bresaola, proscuitto, capicola, and hard salami meats. Expressive nose with blackberry jam, crushed violets, cassis and tar. Flavors of black cherry, cigar box and black peppercorn. Allow this to open up fully and serve at room temp instead of cellar temp – the fruits and florals are too muted otherwise.
J. Lohr Vineyards Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, California $15.99
Fruity and rich, as to be expected from a Paso Robles offering. Aromas of blueberries, wild blackberries and forest floor, with flavors of dark crushed berries, vanilla, slight oak and blue raspberry candies without the mouth puckering quality. Low acidity with smooth, easy tannins. Spice on the front of the palate, but the back is a bit dilute and the finish is short. Overall, this would make for a really reliable everyday drinker. [Image: Girl Who Tried Everything]
Gruet Méthode Champenoise Brut NV
New Mexico $15.99
Starting off vacation/”pawternity” leave with this Champagne-style sparkler from New Mexico made of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. Aromas of salty, buttery pie crust with flavors of tart green apples tossed in lemon juice and fresh sourdough. The bubbles are fine and delicate, yet lively. Slight sweetness at the beginning, while the finish is bone dry. This actually held up until the following morning, still sparkling, without any closures! A nice breakfast, I must say. I really enjoy this for life’s little celebrations – impressive effort from New Mexico at a great value!
Rosenblum Cellars The Great American Wine Company Chardonnay 2013
Central Coast, California $10.99
I had higher expectations for this Chard based on other reviews I had read about, but this did not live up to any of them. While not a bad wine, I was missing the warm spices and baking notes that others seemed to find, such as nutmeg, vanilla, oak and butterscotch. There was fresh pear and buttery yellow apple, but the finish was a bit off due to the acidity and this tasted like it was starting to make it’s way over the hill. Then again, maybe I was just distracted with all the pre-puppy activities from last week to really pay good attention. Ernest seems distracted, too!
Seratina Pinot Grigio 2015
Venezia, Italy $9.99
OK, so BOGO sales are obviously hit or miss. At least you aren’t out much cash when you don’t like what you pick up, and you learn what to avoid! Not much going on with this $5 PG, other than it is quite crisp for this style. Paired with a chicken and pesto pizza, this was easier to drink than on its own. Nothing else to add, as it was that unremarkable.
Tormaresca Neprica 2013
Puglia, Italy $10.99
I actually paid slightly more for this at $15 because I was out to eat at a restaurant, but the upcharge wasn’t bad at all, considering most places charge 2-3 times what you can get it for in the store. Neprica comes from the first letters of the 3 varietals from which this is made – 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. A tasty blend that shows dark, ripe berries and cocoa powder on the nose. The flavors are just as ripe and extracted on the palate, showing cherry pull apart twizzlers, spicy licorice, bell pepper and freshly dried and crushed herbs. Light to medium bodied, and a fresh acidity to help balance the ripeness. Paired well with meatball and ricotta pizza.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling 2015
Columbia Valley, Washington $9.99
Gus has already had too much to drink and it’s only Wednesday! This sweet Riesling will surprise you if you are used to CSM’s drier Rieslings. This has unmistakable aromas and flavors of sweet petrol, honeyed tropical fruit syrup, apricot nectar and peaches with a touch of lemon effervescence. This has so much potential, but the beauty wears off on the nose almost as quickly as it comes, and the flavors can taste at times a bit short. On the palate, the finish is moderately sweet, carrying mostly the honeyed syrup to a moderate length finish. Extra half point for value.
Ok, I think Gus has had enough for today. Too much wine for sure! Cheers to you all, and enjoy the rest of your week, everyone I’ll be busy training this big boy not to bite or mess in the house…